Passing down traditions is something families hold sacred. Often, such traditions can have great impact, molding the way we lead our lives, choices we make and the way we treat one another. One such tradition started for Ron Alston when, during his childhood, his father taught him the power behind positive affirmations. Once he became a father, Alston revived the tradition with his daughter Aliya. He shared this morning ritual via video a few years back.
A Road to Positivity and Success
Jennifer Perrow, an executive coach with JRP Leadership, says the Alston’s family tradition has set them on a path bound for success. “A daily affirmations practice with children not only provides all the benefits it does to adults, but it also teaches them a great tool that has been shown to reduce stress and to help us make better choices.”
Alston’s routine with Aliya, Perrow says, is “brilliant.” “Many of the statements directly address her self-identity, some set the stage for specific behaviors, and some even reinforce gratitude, another powerful tool. And, best of all, he’s helping her create a powerful habit that will serve her well throughout her life — even if/when she changes the actual content of her affirmations.”
Affirmations for All
Alston is the founder of The DFG (Destined For Greatness) Movement, a place Facebook users can turn to for inspiration. Why his positive affirmations are beneficial for everyone?
“Self-affirmations have been proven to not only increase one’s self-identity, which contributes to our self-esteem, values, and ability process different types of information, but also to change our neural pathways – a bit like rewiring our brain,” Perrow says. “Additionally, we’re inclined to exhibit behaviors in alignment with our self-identity. Repeating affirmations is, in effect, training our brain to make positive decisions.”